43 / Tūī

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

One of New Zealand’s most handsome birds, the tūī is found in forest areas, parks and gardens throughout the country. A glossy iridescent black, it has a white tuft at its throat (and consequently is also known as the parson bird) and is further distinguished by its melodious song and ability to imitate. The bird’s popularity has extended to a number of commercial associations, such as the Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka, established in 1889. During the First World War a New Zealand concert party was known as the Tuis, while members of our Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps in the Second World War were nicknamed the Tuis. Today, the recording industry of New Zealand recognises the best in local music with its appropriately named annual Tui Awards.

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